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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 1/14/2008 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI doc is going through the paper work to get approval from insurance for me to start Remicade.  What should I be aware of before starting this therapy.  I just want to be as prepared as possible.
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60/75 mg  of 6mp 

schrek-chewbacca hunk
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   Posted 1/14/2008 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Just take a wonderful book or portable dvd player with you to pass the time. It takes about 2 hours to infuse, but it always takes another 1.5 hours to do the setup and get the meds - at least for me. It was a piece of cake and boy did it make me feel better. It took several infusions to really kick in for me - but it was a god-send.


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   Posted 1/14/2008 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes as Bob suggested bring a book, magazines, or something to help pass the time. It's an easy infusion, and most centers really make you feel welcome. Mine offers snacks, etc., and the warm blankets are heavenly! I always end up taking a nap as I schedule them at the end of the day and I'm sleepy. Another thing; my doc ordered up Tylenol and Benedryl as pre-meds. The Tylenol I still take, but I switched to Claritin because the Benedryl was making me too sleepy to drive home. I've had three infusions using the Claritin, and it's been really wonderful.


Remicade - will have my 20th infusion on February 21.
Imuran - 100 mgs....taken before bedtime
Vitamin B-12/Biotin, Probiotics

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   Posted 1/14/2008 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
As all the others said - the key is just to bring something with you to pass the time.  I usually bring my laptop (my doc's office has wireless access) or a movie.  Usually, I bring my hubby for company if he can get off work.  I do not get any premeds, and the whole process takes about 2 hours for me.  I am usually slightly tired for the rest of the day and for a few days after, but it is well worth it because I am in a great remission now - knock wood!


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Date Joined Mar 2003
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   Posted 1/14/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I just got home from my infusion. I didn't nap this time, as I had taken my laptop and had work to do (my infusion center has wi-fi also.) Now I'm a little sleepy, so I'll probably either take a short nap or just go to bed a little early. By tomorrow I'll be feeling fine.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri.
In remission since April, 2006. Remicade has been my wonder drug.

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Date Joined Dec 2007
Total Posts : 34
   Posted 1/14/2008 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I also had my infusion today.  No headache yet.....hoping it won't happen this time!

M-39, UC Diagnosed June 2007

Other stuff:  Migraines/headaches, high blood pressure, essential tremor

Previous Meds: Colazol (caused pancreatitis), antibiotics, Prednisone (several cycles 20mg/day)

Current Meds: Remicade beginning in Oct ‘07, various vitamins, Imitrex, Lortab, Lisinopril

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